In the February edition of InPsych , the APS Executive Director, Professor Lyn Littlefield, states in her report on “Ten Years of Better Access“ that “There is considerable misinformation circulating in relation to the APS position on the two-tiered structure and the extent to which the APS influenced the eventual structure implemented by the Government.”
RAPS couldn’t agree more. But members need to know just where this misinformation is coming from. We must first establish whether we can trust what we are being told now its true.
The article states that “The APS lobbied the Government on this issue and argued that all registered psychologists should be funded to provide effective psychological treatments for mental health consumers …”
The Executive Director has been telling members this for years. In the June 2009 issue of InPsych, for instance, she states that “…the original APS position in the negotiations before the introduction of the Better Access initiative was for a broader definition of a ‘clinical and mental health specialist psychologist’ that was not restricted to those eligible for Clinical College membership.”
RAPS has now seen a copy of what it believes is the original submission by the APS to the Government in 2006 obtained under Freedom of Information legislation, which we understand that the APS has been at some pains over the years to keep from members.